Situated in the shadow of the mighty Dhauladhar range in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is home to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The city is separated as upper and lower divisions. The lower part is Dharamshala itself and the upper part is popularly known as Mcleodganj. What sets Dharamshala apart is its Tibetan character that reflects on the city’s markets, monasteries and little-hidden Tibetan cafes that offer some of the best dishes to satiate one’s appetite. The common sights of the city includes the prayer flags that can be seen fluttering at every corner, monasteries rhythmic-chimes, and monks wrapped in red cloaks.
The entire journey is refreshing from Delhi to Dharamshala by bus, thanks to the strong bus network and frequency. With a stretch of 468 kilometers from Delhi, the buses pass through scenic routes (surrounded by mountains, rivers, and abundance of greenery) and cities like Chandigarh, Ropar, Nangal, Una, Mubarakpur, Dehra, Kangra and Dharamshala in approximately 10 hours. The connectivity is provided by state-owned as well as private operators who have a fleet of Volvo, Volvo City, Volvo Multi Axle, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz Multi Axle, AC Sleeper/Seater and non-AC buses.
Delhi to Dharamshala Buses
With several types of buses plying between Delhi to Dharamshala, one can choose to board a bus from Volvo semi-sleeper, Bharat Benz AC semi sleeper to Himgaurav AC, Scania and non-AC ordinary buses. Most of the buses run overnight so you can sleep peacefully in the bus while it covers the distance passing through the hills and curvy roads. HRTC buses and private buses such as Bholenath Travels, New Himalaya Travels, Holiday Appeal, Reo India Travels Pvt. Ltd, Fox Travel, etc., run on this route. The first bus leaves Delhi for Dharamshala at 6.30 in the morning and the last bus departs Delhi at 23:05. Delhi to Dharamshala bus travel timing depends upon the traffic, weather and road conditions.
Delhi to Dharamshala Volvo Bus
Delhi to Dharamshala bus route serves many tourists every month who want to reach Dharamshala in comfort and at a cost-effective price. Both state and private buses offer a delightful travel experience along with onboard amenities which include water bottles, reclining seats, blanket, charging points, entertainment screens, and more. Volvo buses take around 10 hours to reach the hill station and charges anywhere between INR 900 to INR 2,000. Mostly the ticket price of these buses fluctuates depending upon the bus type, operator and seat availability while the state bus rates remain constant. The buses depart from Delhi at several timings, and also offer multiple boarding options for the comfort of the passenger.
Boarding Points in Delhi
Enjoy hassle-free boarding from Delhi as both the state and private buses offer multiple boarding locations that are mentioned below:
Drop-off Points in Dharamshala
- Kashmiri Gate
- Majnu Ka Tilla
- Jamna Bazar
- Inter-State Bus Terminal
- Anand Vihar
- Delhi Bypass
- Pari Chowk
Dharamshala Bus Stand, Central Stand, Main Bus Depot, Bus Motors, Bus West Stand and Bus East Stand are some of the prominent drop-off points.
Delhi to Dharamshala Bus Booking
Now, book Delhi to Dharamshala bus tickets with ease on the official website of Yatra.com. All you need to do is open our website and go to our bus segment. Enter the starting and destination points, date of the journey along with the number of seats you want to book. You will be redirected to a page wherein you will see a list of available buses with the price and their operators. You can also use the filters for a more refined search of the buses. Here you will get to know about the timings both arrival and departure, duration, and even the amenities provided inside the bus. Select your suitable bus, choose your seats from the seating plan, choose the preferred boarding point and proceed to pay after filling in your details. As the ticket gets confirmed, all the details of your booked bus ticket will be mailed to you at your registered id.
Delhi to Dharamshala Travel Duration
The average time taken by a bus starting from Delhi’s Kashmiri Gate to Dharamshala is 10 hours approx. If you have booked yourself an HRTC fleet, you might reach in about 9.5 to 10 hours. A Volvo AC semi-seater by Northern Travels arrives in Dharamshala in 10 - 10.5 hours. The private operators mostly have overnight buses that typically take approximately 11 hours to reach Dharamshala from Delhi. Booking an overnight journey bus allows you to arrive well-rested to your destination and also the bus tends to reach faster due to traffic-free roads.
Delhi to Dharamshala Bus Time Table
There are around 10-15 buses that are operated from Delhi to Dharamshala by HRTC. The first bus of HRTC leaves at 06:30 from Delhi and the last one leaves at 23:05. Most of the buses both private, as well as state-run, leave Delhi for their journey to Dharamshala by evening. Look for Volvo AC semi-sleeper buses which can be boarded from Delhi at 8:00 pm, 9.00 pm, and 9.30 pm. To board the bus in the evening, there are buses by private operators which leave the city at 4.25 pm, 5.00 pm, 6 pm and 6:30 pm. It’s recommended to take an overnight bus to complete the 10-hour long journey in deep sleep.
Delhi to Dharamshala Bus Fare
The bus ticket price from Delhi to Dharamshala starts at INR 600 and goes up to INR 2,000. The tariff for a non-AC ordinary bus operated by HRTC from Delhi to Dharamshala costs around INR 600 – INR 800 while a ticket for 2+2 AC bus operated by Northern Travels is priced at INR 1,500 approximately. For more pricing details, check our list of buses on Yatra’s website and app portal.
Delhi to Dharamshala Bus Route
The Delhi to Dharamshala road journey is a stunning one if you’re planning to travel during the day. From travelling past the swaying crops of Haryana to the mountain greenery of Himachal Pradesh; the entire stretch is just spectacular to watch from the window seat of your bus. However, to arrive well-rested to your destination so that you don’t waste a day, it’s recommended to travel overnight. Besides you can enjoy the morning travel on your return journey. Most of the buses take halts at Karnal for food and lavatory purposes, and then in Chandigarh. The bus route varies with different bus operators, however, most of the buses pass through cities like Chandigarh, Ropar, Nangal, Una, Mubarakpur, Dehra, Kangra and Dharamshala.
Hotels to Stay
Finding the right accommodation will hardly be a problem while visiting Dharamshala. Numerous hotels cater to both luxurious and budget travelers. For a more comfortable stay, you can check-in at D’S Casa Hotel at Mcleodganj, Hotel Norbu House, The Horizon Villa, and The Posh Hotel. The aforementioned hotels cost anywhere around INR 3500 to INR 5500. If you are looking for a pocket-friendly stay, choose from Pink House, Hotel King Castle, Hotel Moon Walk Residency, The Exotica, Hotel Buddha’S Valley, New Varuni House, and Hotel Anuj Residency among others.
Places to Explore
There are various attractions in Dharamshala which the tourists can raid on their arrival. From Kangra Art Museum at Kotwali Bazaar, War Memorial, located amid lush green pine trees, to St. John's Church and Namgyal Monastery; these ancient relics will let you look into the past of the city. Bhagsu Waterfall and Dal Lake are other prime spots that should not be missed while on an outing. In addition to this, Dharamshala also has a cricket stadium (rare for a mountainous city) where thousands of cricket fans throng the city when a match is hosted on this ground. For the adventure enthusiasts, the city also houses numerous treks to Triund, Kareri Lake, Indrahar pass, from where one can soak up the wonderful views of green surroundings.